130 Fear Quotes to Help You Face Your Fears

Our latest collection of fear quotes to help you overcome your fears.

Facing your fears is the only way to beat them.

Although you’ll undoubtedly experience emotional turmoil, you have to embrace your fears and turn your bad feelings into good ones.

We all have to deal with fear at different stages in our lives.

To succeed and make a difference in your life and those of other people, you have to persevere and be determined in spite of fear.

When you face your faces, chances are you’re venturing into unknown territory.

You’re likely doing something you’ve never done before or something you haven’t done in a long while.

This helps you learn and changes your brain for the better.

Despite having fear or facing doubts and uncertainty about how to proceed, you can still accomplish your goals and dreams.

Below is our collection of inspirational, wise, and helpful fear quotes, fear sayings, and fear proverbs, collected from a variety of sources.

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Fear quotes to help you face your fears

1. ”If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie

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2. ”You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

3. ”Don’t let fear or insecurity stop you from trying new things. Believe in yourself. Do what you love. And most importantly, be kind to others, even if you don’t like them.” – Stacy London

4. ”I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela

5. ”We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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6. “You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.” – Sammy Davis, Jr.

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7. ”As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.” – Chanakya

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8. ”Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie

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9. ”If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.” – Sun Tzu

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10. ”The eagle has no fear of adversity. We need to be like the eagle and have a fearless spirit of a conqueror! “ – Joyce Meyer

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Fear quotes to help you beat them

11. ”Living with fear stops us taking risks, and if you don’t go out on the branch, you’re never going to get the best fruit.” – Sarah Parish

12. ”Fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.” – Dale Carnegie

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13. ”Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.” – Jim Morrison

14. ”Fear not, we are of the nature of the lion, and cannot descend to the destruction of mice and such small beasts.” – Elizabeth I

15. ”I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” – Rosa Parks

16. ”Being brave isn’t the absence of fear. Being brave is having that fear but finding a way through it.” –  Bear Grylls

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17. ”The key to growth is acknowledging your fear of the unknown and jumping in anyway.” – Jen Sincero

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18. ”You just have to get rid of fear and confront the world. Look at yourself in the mirror and say to yourself, ‘I love you and nothing will destroy you and you’re not going to fall.” – Ricky Martin

19. ”If you go deeper and deeper into your own heart, you’ll be living in a world with less fear, isolation and loneliness.” – Sharon Salzberg

20. ”I was set free because my greatest fear had been realized, and I still had a daughter who I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” – J. K. Rowling

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Fear quotes to help you confront the world

21. ”Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” – Babe Ruth

Fear quotes to help you confront the world

22. ”I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear.” – Oprah Winfrey

23. ”The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear.” – Brian Tracy

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24. ”He who is not every day conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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25. ”Kill the snake of doubt in your soul, crush the worms of fear in your heart and mountains will move out of your way.” – Kate Seredy

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26. ”I have a very positive attitude in life. My insecurity, fear and need to know about tomorrow has fortunately eased. What is going to happen will happen anyway. So why break my head over it?” – Katrina Kaif

27. ”Fear is stupid. So are regrets.” – Marilyn Monroe

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28. ”Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.” – Louis E. Boone

29. ”Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.” – Bertrand Russell

30. ”How very little can be done under the spirit of fear.” – Florence Nightingale

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Fear quotes to help you move forward

31. ”I say I am stronger than fear.” – Malala Yousafzai

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32. ”Yoga is a way to freedom. By its constant practice, we can free ourselves from fear, anguish and loneliness.” – Indra Devi

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33. ”Limits, like fear, is often an illusion.” – Michael Jordan

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34. ”One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.” – Henry Ford

35. ”Fears are nothing more than a state of mind.” – Napoleon Hill

Fear quotes to help you move forward

36. ”Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear.” -William Congreve

37. ”If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?” – Confucius

38. ”Failure isn’t an option. I’ve erased the word ‘fear’ from my vocabulary, and I think when you erase fear, you can’t fail.” – Alicia Keys

39. ”Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.” – Rudyard Kipling

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40. ”Ignorance is the parent of fear.” – Herman Melville

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Fear quotes to help you see the positive side

41. ”Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.” – Japanese Proverb

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42. ”To overcome fear, here’s all you have to do: realize the fear is there, and do the action you fear anyway.” – Peter McWilliams

43. ”Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin

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44. ”Don’t fear, just live right.” – Neal A. Maxwell

Fear quotes to help you see the positive side

45. ”No power so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.” – Edmund Burke

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46. ”Fear has two meanings: ‘Forget Everything And Run’ or ‘Face Everything And Rise.’ The choice is yours.” – Zig Ziglar

47. ”Fears are educated into us, and can, if we wish, be educated out.” – Karl Augustus Menninger

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48. ”Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

49. ”Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.” – Dorothy Thompson

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50. ”No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” – Gautama Buddha

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51. “It’s OKAY to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave. – Mandy Hale

52. “If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgement of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgement now.” – Marcus Aurelius

53. There is no illusion greater than fear.” – Lao Tzu

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54. “To escape fear, you have to go through it, not around.” – Richie Norton

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55. “Saw a little girl touch a big bug and shout, I conquered my fear! YES! and calmly walk away. I was inspired.” – Nathan Fillion

56. “Sometimes, when we want something so badly, we fear failure more than we fear being without that thing.” – Matthew J. Kirby

57. “I have to face the fear. I have to take control of the situation and find a way to make it less frightening.” – Veronica Roth

58. “Hang on! God will be thy strength in any act of your pursuit.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

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59. “You have to conquer every obstacle before you can reach the top of the mountain.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

60. “Just like in life, we need to overcome our fears before exploring the next adventure.” – M. Liz Boyle

Fear quotes to overcome the things that hold us back

61. “We fear the thing we want the most.” — Robert Anthony

62. “Always do what you are afraid to do.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

63. “Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” — Salvador Dali

64. “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

65. “Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.” — W. Clement Stone

66. “Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.” — Buddha

67. “It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.” — Niccolo Machiavelli

68. “Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom.” — Marilyn Ferguson

69. “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” — H. P. Lovecraft

70. “I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.” — Clara Barton

Fear quotes to remind you to live your life anyway

71. “Fear is the mother of foresight.” — Thomas Hardy

72. “I think fearless is having fears but jumping anyway.” — Taylor Swift

73. “What we have most to fear is failure of the heart.” — Sonia Johnson

74. “The pleasures of love are always in proportion to our fears.” — Stendhal

75. “True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful.” — Paul Sweeney

76. “Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another’s fear.” — Umberto Eco

77. “Fear has many eyes and can see things underground.” — Miguel de Cervantes

78. “Great work is done by people who are not afraid to be great.” — Fernando Flores

79. “There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope.” — Baruch Spinoza

80. “The fear of becoming a ‘has-been’ keeps some people from becoming anything.” — Eric Hoffer

Fear quotes on why fear is futile

81. “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” – Mark Twain

82. “Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.” – Veronica Roth

83. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho

84″Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” – Roy T. Bennett

85. “It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.” — J.K. Rowling

86. “I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.” – Sarah Williams

87. “I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.” – Mark Twain

88. “Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.” – Helen Keller

89. “What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

90. “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” – George Lucas

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91. I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” – Woody Allen

92. “Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

93. “I must not fear. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” – Frank Herbert

94. “Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

95. “Fear is an insidious virus. Given a breeding place in our minds … it will eat away our spirit and block the forward path of our endeavors.” – James F. Bell, III

96. “Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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97. Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” – Les Brown

98. Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.” – Bertrand Russell

99. “Fear is, I believe, a most effective tool in destroying the soul of an individual – and the soul of a people.” – Anwar Sadat

100. “A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.” – Michel de Montaigne

Fear Quotes That Will Elevate Your Mind

101. “Proclaim the truth and do not be silent through fear.” ― St. Catherine of Siena

102. “You have two choices, to conquer your fear or to let your fear conquer you.” ― Roy T. Bennett

103. “Cowards make the best torturers. Cowards understand fear and they can use it.” ― Mark Lawrence

104. “Do not allow yourself to be blinded by fear and anger. Everything is only as it is.” ― Yuki Urishibara

105. “Fear can make you do more wrong than hate or jealousy… fear makes you always, always hold something back.” ― Philip K. Dick

106. “Fear and realization of ignorance, strong medicines against stupid pride.” ― Garth Nix

107. “Fear is inevitable, I have to accept that, but I cannot allow it to paralyze me.” ― Isabel Allende

108. “Many times, the thought of fear itself is greater than what it is we fear.” ― Idowu Koyenikan

109. “Fear is the mind-killer.” ― Frank Herbert

110. “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” ― Jack Canfield

 Fear Quotes to Motivate You To Conquer Anything

111. “Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it… that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.” — Dale Carnegie

112. “Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.” ― C. JoyBell C.

113. “The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” — Nelson Mandela

114. “The first duty of man is to conquer fear; he must get rid of it, he cannot act till then.” — Thomas Carlyle

115. “The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free.” — Oprah Winfrey

116. “He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.” — Aristotle

117. “Fear of the unknown is a destructive force. It causes people to make suboptimal choices by avoiding that fear.”  — Cliff Lerner

118. “Too many of us never realize our full potential because our fears block us.” — Les Brown

119. “Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.” — Paulo Coelho

120. “It is the perpetual dread of fear, the fear of fear, that shapes the face of a brave man.” — Georges Bernanos

Fear Quotes on Overcoming Anxiety and Finding Courage

121. “Confront your fears list them get to know them and only then will you be able to put them aside and move ahead.” ― Jerry Gillies

122. “Bravery does not mean being fearless. It means to be full of fear but still not being dominated by it.” ― Rajneesh

123. Fear is an emotion indispensable for survival.” ― Hannah Arendt

124. “Courage is not the absence of fear, but the mastery of it.” ― Mark Twain

125. “You can do anything you put your heart, mind and soul into. Far more than you can imagine. Be fearless. Do it.” ― LL Cool J

126. “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage.” ― Dale Carnegie

127. “Fear of danger is ten thousand times more terrifying than danger itself.” ― Daniel Defoe

128. “Every fear hides a wish.” ― David Mamet

129. “There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart’s controls.” ― Aeschylus

130. “The real destroyer of inner peace is fear and distrust. Fear develops frustration, frustration develops anger, anger develops violence.” ― Dalai Lama

Which of these fear quotes was your favorite?

Avoiding your fears doesn’t make them go away.

You have to face your fears and be determined to accomplish your goals and dreams.

You can’t control the emotional reactions that occur from fear but you can think about your feelings in a positive light.

Hopefully, the above quotes will give you the strength and courage to make it happen.

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  1. Henry

    September 3, 2022 at 7:45 AM

    97. “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” – Les Brown

  2. Justin

    October 6, 2021 at 5:03 AM

    “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” Franklin D Roosevelt. Should be on here. Thanks for sharing!

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